North Korea: Trump is “begging for nuclear war”

US President Donald Trump and his administration are “begging for nuclear war,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Trump is “staging an extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean peninsula,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a written statement that also calls Trump a “nuclear demon” and a “disruptor of global peace.”

The comments came ahead of a joint US-South Korean military drill, scheduled to begin Monday. About 12,000 US military personnel and 230 planes are expected to participate in the drill, known as Vigilant Ace.